An elephant on a horseback safari

Tuli Trail Safari

This classic mobile horseback safari on beautifully schooled horses is one of our most popular rides. End each riding day in comfortable walk-in tents and beautiful traditional camps perfectly situated in different locations within Mashatu game reserve, which is home to large herds of elephants, giraffe, lion, leopard and numerous antelope. A fantastic riding safari for competent riders who want to get off the beaten track and experience something different.
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Horseback Safari
10 days / 7 riding
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From the horse’s mouth

  • Tuli Trail Safari
    July 2019 Karen aged 60
    There really aren't words good enough to review this trip. It was totally amazing and exceeded my expectations 100 fold. There really wasn't anything missing and the team of people and horses in Botswana go above and beyond to ensure you get everything you can from it. I would urge anyone thinking about it to just DO... Read all
  • Tuli Trail Safari
    July 2019 Elayne Louise aged 55
    Absolutely fantastic experience, would highly recommend this to anyone interested in a riding safari! Started with Rodeo who I wasn't happy with as he had wasted muscle on his offside hindquarter that I found made him very uncomfortable. Was then given Prisma, perfect for me.
  • Tuli Trail Safari
    July 2018 Elke Hilda H. aged 45
    An thrilling experience in a amazing part of Africa, awesome game viewing and a level of quality (allround: accomodation, horse riding, meals, organisation, knowledge of guides) I have never experienced on any other trail I did before. First horse in Botswana was not a very succesfull match (Big Red). the hole day... Read all
  • The Mmamagwa hills as seen from horseback
    Discover the incredible scenery of the Tuli block
  • Elephant spotting on a riding safari
    The reserve is known for its large herds of eles
  • Jumping on the Tuli Trail in Botswana
    Enjoy the occasional jump!
  • A group of wild dogs on a riding safari
    Watching wildlife from the saddle on safari
  • Watching a snake from horseback in Botswana
    A riding safari in the Tuli block, Botswana
  • Horses watching giraffe in Mashatu game reserve
    Watching giraffe on a mobile riding safari
  • Lions lounging in the sun, Tuli block, Botswana
    Mashatu game reserve is home to big cats too!
  • Getting ready for sundowners, Tuli Trail
    Sundowners after a day in the saddle
  • Riders on a horseback safari in Botswana
    Enjoy the thrills of the Tuli riding safari
  • The Mmamagwa hills as seen from horseback
    Discover the incredible scenery of the Tuli block
  • Sun set ride on a horse safari, Botswana
    An African sun set... Magical!

Itinerary

Highlights

- Vast unfenced wilderness of eastern Botswana
- The largest population of elephant in southern Africa
- Exceptional horses selected for their temperament and ridability
- Accommodation in three stunning camps, quirky and comfortable
- Afternoon game walks and vehicle drives to view species difficult to approach on horseback, such as lion
- Good game viewing opportunities including lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, elephant etc. As the wildlife in this area are not seasonal, wonderful game viewing experiences are possible throughout the year.
- Transfer to Botswana by light aircraft and avoid the long road transfer!
  • Day 1 1 : EUROPE - JOHANNESBURG

    International flight overnight to Johannesburg (Tambo International). You will need to depart tonight from Europe to arrive in Johannesburg the following morning.

    Flights are not included but they can be booked upon request.
  • Day 2 2 : JOHANNESBURG-TWO MASHATUS CAMP - 2 hours riding

    Two Mashatu Camp
    You need to arrive in Johannesburg at c. 09:30 or earlier. In case of an aircraft transfer to Camp, make your way to the Intercontinental hotel just outside the airport (approx. 5 min walk). The transfer leaves at 10:30 on the dot. You will then be driven to Lanseria airport where you will catch your light aircraft transfer to the Mashatu Game Reserve.

    This is a journey of approx. 2h and you should ensure that your luggage is packed into soft sided bags weighing 15kgs or less, so that they fit into the aircraft.

    After completing Botswanan entry formalities you will be met by your guide and transferred c. 10 mins in an open safari vehicle to the reception area.

    After a light lunch, you will head off to the stables to meet your horse for the week. This first ride is your chance to get to know your horse and so if you are not happy then you should notify the guide who will be able to select another horse for you. This is also your chance to get your first glimpse of the Mashatu Game Reserve, home to the largest herd of wild free-roaming elephants on private land in Africa.

    After arriving at Two Mashatus Camp there is time for a refreshing drink before dinner served in the Llala Palm dining room.
  • Day 3 3 : TREE CAMP - 5-6 hours riding

    Tree Camp Mashatu
    You will get an early-morning breakfast before going for a morning ride, leaving behind the dense woodland of the Limpopo River. Here is your chance to see a lot of game, and enjoy stunning views on horseback. As the ride traverses the heartland of Mashatu, you will encounter plentiful game: plains game, many giraffe and herd of elephants.

    Arrival at the Tree Camp for lunch. This is a very unique and quirky camp overlooking the Majale river, with beautiful tents nestled in the arms of a trees, high up on a platform - 4 meters off the ground! After a quick rest, choose a ride or enjoy your first bush walk exploring the area along the west bank of the Matabole river. Return to the Camp for sundowners on the deck before dinner is served under the stars.

  • Day 4 4 : KGOTLA CAMP - 5-6 hours riding

    Kgotla camp
    You will enjoy a complete immersion into this gorgeous and sunny area. You will have a chance to race with zebra and gnu across beautiful open plains, making memories for a lifetime. You will witness the ancient rock formations for which the Limpopo Valley is known, and the might Baobab trees that scatter the landscape of the "Land of the Giants". You ride alongside the banks of the Motloutse river, and arrive arrive at Kgotla Camp in time for a late lunch.

    In the afternoon, search for the area’s resident lions on a game drive and draw the day’s adventures to a close with sundowners at the ancient “Amphitheatre” rocks. Back at the Kgotla, dinner is enjoyed around a large log fire. The night is spent with a ceiling of stars and Africa’s night-time melody to sing you to sleep; a rare experience which is just about as far away from city life and the modern world as anyone can imagine.
  • Day 5 5 : KGOTLA CAMP - 4-5 hours riding

    Kgotla camp
    This morning you will explore the sandstone formations including the famed Solomon’s Wall. Ancient civilizations harboured their wealth among these hills where two mighty rivers, the Limpopo and the Motloutse, meet.

    There is time in the afternoon to head on a short drive to the archaeologically rich Mmamagwa hills where a 360 degree view of the reserve can be enjoyed as well as another beautiful African sunset. After a short climb, enjoy sundowners beneath a beautiful baobab tree with a breath-taking view of the area.

    You will have dinner in Kgotla camp and sleep again under the stars.
  • Day 6 6 : TREE CAMP - 5 hours riding

    Tree Camp Mashatu
    After a light breakfast, test the amazingly sure-footed Boerperds as you cross over basalt ridges following age-old elephant trails and enjoy long sustained canters to make up for the lost time traversing the ridges. After an exhilarating ride through this timeless countryside, a relaxing lunch in the eaves of the Tree Camp is very welcomed.

    After an exhilarating ride through this timeless countryside, enjoy a relaxing lunch at Tree Camp. An afternoon ride or bush walk or game drive exploring the northern banks of the Majele, Matabole and Jwala rivers.
  • Day 7 7 : TWO MASHATUS CAMP - 5 hours riding

    Two Mashatu Camp
    Today the ride roams through the Pitsane River Valley. The day will involve riding up and down river banks, through riverine forest, game sightings and more fabulous photo opportunities. The river is fed by a spring high in the hills and its regular watering holes attract the wildlife, guaranteeing excellent sightings.

    The area is steeped in history: the Zeederberg Trail, a stagecoach line that connected the towns of the Transvaal (South Africa) to the newly forged settlements of southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), once traversed theses open plains. The coaches would ford the Limpopo River before trailing the Pitsane River into Zimbabwe. En route there was an old British supply post, Bryce’s Store, which was destroyed here in a skirmish between British and Boer soldiers during the Boer war in 1899. Today bullets, buckles and other remains can be found in the rubble around the store.

    Spend the afternoon at leisure - perhaps enjoy the swimming pool - before you embark on a guided walk into the bush followed by dinner around the log fire.

  • Day 8 8 : TWO MASHATUS CAMP - 5 hours riding

    Two Mashatu Camp
    Today’s ride is rich in history and offers a variety of interesting tales of the past. The open Pitsane plains, so characteristic of this area, are perfect for a faster ride, hopefully with zebra or wildebeest... You head in the direction of the Majale and Limpopo confluence where lunch awaits you upon return to the Mashatus camp.

    There is time to relax in camp, before either an afternoon ride or bush walk for your last African sundowner.

    Dinner is in the Llala palm rondavel. A dreamless sleep no doubt awaits you as the final day draws to a close.
  • Day 9 9 : TWO MASHATUS - LIMPOPO RIVER CAMP - JOHANNESBURG - 3-4 hours riding

    Your last day in the savannah! Your final morning is spent riding along the Limpopo River, heading back to the stables where fond farewells are made to your horse and lunch is taken on the river bank.

    You will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight back to Johannesburg. Your international flight back home should be in the evening departing 20.00 or later.
  • Day 10 10 : ARRIVALS IN EUROPE OR BEGINNING OF YOUR EXTENTION

Dates & prices

Price details

- Flights to your destination (Johannesburg) are not included but we can assist with this on request

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double tent.

- The usual group size is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 riders - safaris with 8 or more riders will go out with 2 lead guides and 2 back guides, and the rides will be split into two smaller groups of maximum 6 riders.

- Group air transfers from Johannesburg are not included but are at an additional cost. 2020: £570 - 2021: £620 all year round. If the air transfer is not available, a road transfer is arranged at £429 (2020) £446 (2021) per vehicle and divided by the number of passengers each way (min 2 guests).

- With effect from the 1st of January 2019, all Mashatu visitors will attract a conservation levy of $10 per person per night payable on site. This is $70 per person for the Tuli Trail - payable in $, £, € or rands.

- There is no single supplement if you are willing to share a tent with another rider of the same sex. To guarantee your own tent there is a supplement, as there is only a small number of tents available: in 2020, this is £525 in Dec/Jan/Feb, £858 in March/April/June and £1029 in May/Jul/Aug/Sept/Oct/Nov. In 2021, this is £546 in Dec/Jan/Feb, £892 in March/April/June and £1071 in May/Jul/Aug/Sept/Oct/Nov. On certain weeks a single tent is available on a first-come, first-served basis at no extra cost. Please contact us for details. Please note there is no single accommodation at Kgotla camp due to the nature of the camp (2 nights)

- Non-riders have the option to go on a cycling safari. A relaxed ride could cover 15- 25km on a morning ride, more advanced riders could cover up to 40km per day. The pace is generally easy going with regular game sightings, and a scenic picnic stop with an option to opt out of the ride at the mid-morning break if preferred.

- For this ride, there is a maximum rider weight of 90kg/ 14st 2lbs/198 lbs. If you weigh more than this and wish to ride, please contact us and we will advise on a case-by-case basis.

- Age restrictions: Children under 16 please enquire, strictly no under 12’s.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Support Team

1 English-speaking horse guide
1 backup guide

Logistics

2 cooks for 8 riders
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
4 grooms for 8 riders
1 logistics manager

Accommodation

Canvas safari tent for 2 people with bedding

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 2 to brunch on day 9
All the drinks including wines and cocktails

Additional equipment

First aid kit

Extras

Afternoon activities: game drives, guided walks, sundowners

Price doesn't include

Meals

Meals during your days of travel

Transports

Johannesburg Airport transfers
International flights bookable on request

Extras

Conservation fees (see "prices and dates")

Insurance

Visas and personal purchase
Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

Optional

Accommodation

Single room/tent supplement
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Equestrian info

Horses

There are 46 horses which have been carefully chosen from the various South African breeds which are well known for being of a tough nature and able to cope under extreme conditions, such as Boerperd, Shire x Thoroughbreds and Appaloosas. The horses are all beautifully schooled, well-mannered, responsive and a pleasure to ride.

You will be matched with a horse for the week, with the possibility to swap if you feel like this isn't the best match after the first day.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

You need to be a competent rider, capable and in control in all paces. You must be able to rise to the trot and gallop in a forward seat. Due to the presence of dangerous game it is important that you can stay on your horse if you need to react quickly and gallop out of danger. You may also be required to jump small obstacles such as branches dislodged by elephants (although it is often possible to go around these). There are some steep ascents and descents of the Limpopo river banks. Teenagers accompanied by adults are welcome from 16 years old, as long as they are competent riders.

Important: On the very first day, all riders will be asked to participate in a short riding assessment. Riders who do not make it through will be offered shorter rides daily from the main stables.

Pace

There are long periods of walking whilst viewing game, interspersed with long steady canters and occasional gallops where the terrain allows.

Tacking ability and participation

A team of grooms will feed, care for and saddle your horses. You can help with untacking if you wish, but this is not expected.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

You need to be physically fit for long hours in the saddle (c. 6 hours between dawn and lunch) in the African sun. The terrain is varied to include steep ascents/descents of the river bank and there may be holes or branches which you need to avoid.
Guests who do not ride regularly are requested to get fit prior to the ride. It is of particular importance to ensure you are comfortable and balanced when riding at speed across rough terrain and open spaces. If the guides feel that you are unsafe on horseback, then you will be offered non-riding activities instead.

Equestrian equipment

Water bottles are provided on all of the saddles. A small front saddle bag is also provided which is appropriate for small items such as suncream.

We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit. Helmets are mandatory on this safari.

Travel info

Comfort

Three nights at Two Mashatus camp : this camp is situated close to the Limpopo river. Four large walk-in tents are pitched on teak platforms with ensuite enviro-loo and hot shower. Each tent is private and positioned in the shade of a tree with a small deck area on which to relax during the afternoons. Traditionally built Lala palm rondavels serve as dining area and lounge. Small plunge pool available.

Two nights in Kgotla camp : the Kgotla is an old tribal court from a nearby community that was relocated to the banks of the Motloutse River on the western periphery of Mashatu. The boma is an open-air traditional African enclosure made up of leadwood logs. Guest sleeps on beds around a large log fire which blazes at the centre.

Two nights at Tree Camp: A unique camp built 4 meters above the ground, around the boughs of an ancient Mashatu tree and two lead wood trees. Overlooking the banks of the Majale River, this spot offers a spectacular panoramic view of the adjacent cliffs and flood plain opposite where Mashatu's legendary elephant herds roam. Five beautiful, spacious canvas roofed areas house four poster beds and classic antique furniture. There is a separate area for showers and toilets. There is a spacious dining and lounge area on the elevated platform for relaxing.

No Wi-Fi or mobile reception.

Meals

Breakfast is usually taken very early (before dawn) and is therefore light, consisting of cereals, fruit and rusks with tea or coffee.
Lunch is also light and may be quiche and salad or a variety of salads with cold meats.
High tea in the afternoon with a selection of drinks and freshly baked cakes.
Dinner is three courses. Wine is served with the meals and a selection of drinks are available.
Vegetarians and special diets can be catered for with advance notice.

Climate

The seasons are the reverse of the UK, with winter (June - Sept) being dry with no rain and clear skies. Daytime temperatures are pleasant and the nights are cool.
Summer (Nov - March) is hot and there is the chance of dramatic thunderstorms.

Guide and local team

You will be accompanied by two riding guides - a lead guide and a back-up guide - one of which will carry a rifle. The lead guides (West, Mpho or David) have been guiding for many years and are very knowledgeable and experienced.

Tips

We recommend tipping c. GBP 10-15 per day which will be split between the entire team. If you go on a game drive then your guide will appreciate a small tip. You can tip in South African Rands, GBP and euros.

If you wish to tip your guide separately then you may do so.

Packing list

Specific Recommendations

If availing of the aircraft transfer, bags have to be soft bags and weight is limited to 15kg per bag plus 6 kg hand luggage. For people travelling on in Africa before or after their safari we can arrange for the storage of luggage with the airline.

- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided, particularly for light air transfers. There is usually a luggage limit of 15kgs including hand luggage. Carry-ons are limited to 6 kgs.
- Wherever possible you should wear neutral colours, such as beige, brown or natural bush colours for riding as bright colours, such as red, yellow or white can startle the wildlife and they will see you long before you've seen them
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- Laundry service is provided

Head
- You will be required to wear a hard hat when riding and you should take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and thorns
- T-shirts
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold, particularly June - August
- Waterproof jacket - the rains can be difficult to foresee and it's better to be prepared. Rain is more likely Oct-April
- Casual clothes for the evening

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts for lazy lunchtimes
- Casual clothes for the evening

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps to protect against thorns. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for moving around the lodge and camp
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding

Nightwear

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - for plunge pools
- Binoculars for viewing game
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. Some toiletries are provided by the camps so you can pack lighter.

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - must be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Anti malarial tablets and Yellow Fever Certificate if required (check with your doctor)

Please note: in the case of a light aircraft transfer, please note that planes don't necessarily have a separate luggage compartments, and carry-on regulations may apply. Remember that safari camps provide shampoo and soap, as well as alcohol, so make sure to pack accordingly.

Luggage type and weight: strictly 15 kg (33lb) + 6 kg (13lb) carry on, soft bags only!
Liquid Restrictions:
Perfume- 50ml
Eau de Toilette – (250 ml)
Non-flammable and Non-alcoholic liquids – 500ml per container. A combined total of no more than 2l in checked bags.

Pocket knifes/Leatherman’s and other sharp objects:
These need to be packed into passengers checked bags and will not be allowed in carry-on bags.

Visa & Health

Formalities

To enter Botswana, a passport valid for at least six months is required by British, Australian, Canadian, USA and all other EU nationals. Outgoing travel documents and sufficient funds are also required. We recommend having two blank facing visa pages in your passport for the official stamps.

Visas are not required by British, Australian, Canadian, USA or other EU nationals for stays in Botswana of up to 90 days.
Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.
Nationals of countries not listed above are advised to contact the high commission/embassy to check visa requirements.

Visa note:
Those nationals who do require a visa for Botswana must include a copy of their travel itinerary with their application, along with a letter of support from their intended host and return visa or residence permit from his/her country of residence.

Travel to or from South Africa
If you are planning to enter South Africa before or after you visit Botswana, you should refer to the travel advice for South Africa.

Travelling with children
The Botswana government has introduced new immigration rules from 1 October 2016. Children (under 18 years of age) who are travelling into or through Botswana must provide a certified copy of their full unabridged birth certificate as well as a valid passport (an abridged (short) birth certificate won’t be accepted).

If the child is travelling with one parent, with another adult or unaccompanied, the parent or parents who aren’t present will need to provide an affidavit giving their consent for the child to travel. For more information please contact the Botswana Embassy.

Travelling with children via South Africa
If you’re transiting through South Africa with children, see our South Africa travel advice page for information and advice about the documents you’ll need to carry.

More information: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/botswana/entry-requirements

Addresses of consulates

  • Botswana High Commission
    6 Stratford Place
    London W1C 1AY
    Tél. : (020) 7499 0031
    Fax : (020) 7647 1000
  • Ambassade du Botswana
    88 Avenue de Iéna
    75116 Paris
    Tél. : 01.47.20.08.23
    Fax :
    bostwana@brutele.be

Health

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Botswana from the UK, however, you need a yellow fever vaccination if you have travelled to a country (7 days or less before entering Botswana) where that disease is widely prevalent, such as Zambia/Victoria Falls.
You should check with your doctor who has access to the most up-to-date information but the following vaccinations are usually recommended - Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) together with Hepatitis A and typhoid.
If you are staying longer than 3 months or have a particular risk you might consider a rabies vaccination. Vaccination against Tuberculosis as well as Hepatitis B are also sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months.
Malaria is prevalent in the country, but mainly during the warm and wet season and particularly in the northern half of the country. The south is generally considered lower risk. Don't underestimate this tropical disease and take precautions. Buy repellent (preferably with 50% DEET) and sleep under a net and speak to your doctor about anti-malarial medication.

Insurance

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

Voltage

220-240 volts AC, 50Hz. 15- and 13-amp plug sockets are in use. Plugs used are British-style with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade, or South African style with two circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin.

Budget and money

Pula (BWP; symbol P) = 100 thebe.
Notes in denominations of P100, 50, 20 and 10.
Coins in denominations of P5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10 and 5 thebe.
It is not necessary to change money into local currency for any of our Botswana rides - they accept GB Pounds, Euro, US Dollars and South African Rand.

Telephone and jetlag

There are very few public phone boxes. The country calling code to Botswana is 267. To make an international call from Botswana, the code is 00.
Mobile phone roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage is average in the major towns but you are unlikely to get any signal at all when in remote camps.
Time zone: GMT + 2hr

Did you know?

Did you know?


Mashatu Game Reserve

The Tuli Trail mobile safari takes place in the beautiful Mashatu Game reserve in south-eastern Botswana, where Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe converge.

The reserve is home to a large population of big cats, antelopes and especially elephants which you will hopefully see whilst riding with your experienced guide. The landscape is extraordinarily diverse with vast open plains, rocky hills, standstone ridges and marshland. Mashatu, the "Land of Giants", takes its name from the giant Mashatu trees and large herds of elephants - the reserve is home to the largest elephant population on a private reserve on the African continent.

The Mashatu reserve in Botswana is the perfect place to rediscover what life should be like: simple, beautiful and vast. Your mobile riding safari through the reserve is an extraordinary adventure: prepare to discover Africa at its finest!

On the blog

A riding safari in Africa is an unforgettable experience. Really, nothing quite compares to watching giraffe on horseback, race with a herd of zebra or coming face to face with elephant. Horseback safaris are amongst our most exciting riding holidays and we are pleased to have a fantastic selection of options to suit novice and experienced riders alike. We have written the following guide to help you select your safari based on what wildlife you want to see. See more on the blog. 

Customer reviews

Customer reviews

All of our reviews are real, honest opinions from riders who have recently travelled with us. Upon their return, our riders will receive an email inviting them to share their experiences from their trip. Good or bad, each review will be published on our website, provided that they respect our editorial guidelines.
  • Karen aged 60 Pulborough 1 trip
    July 2019
    There really aren't words good enough to review this trip. It was totally amazing and exceeded my expectations 100 fold. There really wasn't anything missing and the team of people and horses in Botswana go above and beyond to ensure you get everything you can from it. I would urge anyone thinking about it to just DO... Read all
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  • Elayne Louise aged 55 ELMSWELL 1 trip
    July 2019
    Absolutely fantastic experience, would highly recommend this to anyone interested in a riding safari! Started with Rodeo who I wasn't happy with as he had wasted muscle on his offside hindquarter that I found made him very uncomfortable. Was then given Prisma, perfect for me.
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  • Elke Hilda H. aged 45 ANTWERPEN 2 trips
    July 2018
    An thrilling experience in a amazing part of Africa, awesome game viewing and a level of quality (allround: accomodation, horse riding, meals, organisation, knowledge of guides) I have never experienced on any other trail I did before. First horse in Botswana was not a very succesfull match (Big Red). the hole day... Read all
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